Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Barred Owl

Has been hanging out above our compost pile for the last two days.  He's fluffy and relaxed, like a cat up there, pretending not to watch us as we dump the compost. I'm not sure if it is the compost or the rodents eating the compost that have brought Owlie to us, but I like having a sleepy daytime owl keeping an eye on things..

Monday, March 24, 2014

Violin lessons

Are a pleasing visual and auditory experience.  I love how Georgia lifts her heel off the ground when she is concentrating and playing.

The seedlings are getting bigger!  Surely there will be thawed ground to plant them in soon?

Lily getting ready to play.

Sunday, March 23, 2014


It was really running today.
And it was SWEET, yesterday it tasted like water, but today Rob exclaimed, "You could put this right on pancakes!"

Under the ground the water is getting pulled up the tree trunk.  Soon there will be buds and leaves!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Spring Equinox!!

Not quite as warm as I would like, but nice to see the water dripping off the pine needles.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Another Greenhouse visit!

Lucky me, I went back to the Smith Greenhouse again this week. I met my wonderful friend, Kate, and we wandered through the rooms together, chatting.

The bulb show was over, but, (who knew?) the plants were still there and blooming, some looked a little tired, but it was still wildly beautiful and fragrant.  It gave me hope that spring would come.  Smelling the hyacinths is what did it.  It felt like proof and brought up such a visceral body memory of spring and warmth, I love how scents do that, go right to the brain.

The colors were very pleasing to the eye, too.  The volume and variety of flowers is really quite decadent.

This time we stopped and peeked into the horticulture classroom for the students.  I went to Smith and I LOVED my year long Horticulture class. It was intense and life changing. I got to learn about propagating plants and nomenclature. We had quizzes on the latin names of large groupings of plants. We grew things. It was amazing. I knew it was really special at the time and even then I wished I had more time to focus on each assignment, book and plant, but I was a busy girl.

Looking in this room now as an outsider, I felt a pang of envy. I wanted to be in there working on the orange tree or watching the progress of the seedlings. The layout reminded me of Harry Potter's Herbology Professor Sprout's Greenhouse. It is magical to be around plants, to see how they turn water, sun and dirt into green growing life.

This glorious variegated Ivy is so delicious to me. I remember loving the yellow tinged edges as a student. I've grown it twice from cuttings but I can't keep it alive. Seeing it growing so large in the greenhouse made me want to try again, but I'm still not quite attentive enough to keep any fickle plants alive at home.

Outside on campus this Magnolia bud is looking like a plush little rodent, hopefully it will crack open into a floppy fragrant blossom soon.  One of our assignments in the Horticulture class was to look at 25 different trees every week from winter to spring, watching the buds change and burst open and drawing and describing the transformation every week. I learned so much in that class and I would have missed it if I had tried to cram in all those pre-med classes I thought I should take. Hooray for the plants winning out!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ear's pierced

Big day for Georgia. She had been wanting to get her ear's pierced forever and we had said, "No no no no, not until you're 12." But then we realized we really didn't care that much. Lily, who is 11 and doesn't have her ear's pierced, advocated for Georgia to be allowed to pierce her ears because she wanted them so much.  There was really no reason anymore except the ideas I had been holding onto about girls not needing decoration to be beautiful and that ornamentation was for a later age when one had more sense than one has at 8 years old.  But hell. she loves to decorate herself and loves to get attention. Who am I to say that's wrong?
We made her work for it though. 25 marbles in the jar. That's a great deal of good behavior, patience and lack of swearing. For months. But it snowballed and she behaved better and better as the goal came closer and closer.

Sunday was the big day.
She got scared once she sat in the chair.
Then, OUCH. The look on her poor face!

Then she was done and very pleased with herself.
She keeps telling everyone she got her ear's pierced before Lily.
Lily rolls her eyes.
It's difficult to be the younger child.
Always doing everything after that older sibling.
So, Georgia is very proud of her huge cubic zirconia. She is cleaning her ears constantly and being very responsible.

Smith Greenhouse

Oh how I love the Bulb Show at Smith College. I missed it last year.  This year we tried to sneak in on the last day and it was packed; too packed.  But we were able to look around the other rooms.
These are my noncompliant family members in the photo department.  Smile!

 I can't believe we haven't been here before during this long cold winter!

What a gorgeous banana blossom. The green. The sun shining through the glass ceiling. The smells! Ahhhhh.

Lush flowers growing like hair above the fish pond, but no fish this time. Georgia was terribly disappointed, usually we see frogs and fish in the ponds but the pond was empty.  She did find tiny slimy snails in the muck and tried to make friends with them.

Orchids were blooming everywhere in this room and the Dr Seuss pitcher plant was pleasing, too.

The sensitive plant responding to Georgia's touch, like an animal.